Town has killer dog roaming loose

'Nothing' being done about dangerous dog

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 05:00 09/07/2011
SAVAGE ATTACK:  Te Aroha's Barbara Perkins with her remaining toy poodles Matilda and Isabelle.
SAVAGE ATTACK: Te Aroha's Barbara Perkins with her remaining toy poodles Matilda and Isabelle.
WANDERING: The dog that attacked and killed a poodle in Te Aroha was yesterday photographed still roaming the streets.
WANDERING: The dog that attacked and killed a poodle in Te Aroha was yesterday photographed still roaming the streets.

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Te Aroha's Barbara Perkins stood helpless as a roaming dog snatched her toy poodle by the neck and shook it to death.

She was left to carry the torn body of six-year-old Bobo to her neighbour's house after the horrific attack last month.

In another incident an Australian woman's guide dog was left with an eye injury after being attacked by an unregistered dog at The Base in Te Rapa on Thursday.

The dog, described as a labrador-pitbull cross, was immediately detained by Hamilton dog control staff and is at the city dog pound.

However, Ms Perkins is not having as much success with Matamata-Piako District Council. The dog continues to roam the streets and Ms Perkins worries her other two poodles might be mauled.

The Waikato Times saw the dog roaming Bracken Ave yesterday until our photographer was abused and threatened by its owner. A dog control officer then visited the house but did not take the dog away.

Ms Perkins said she was on her way home with Bobo on June 27. When they approached her Bracken Ave neighbour's house the "dog just charged at my little male poodle and shook it up".

"He just shook it hard ... about four times. Because I was yelling the teenage children came out and tried to get him off. But I knew my dog wasn't going to live then – I think he may have broken his back.

"The thing is that I have complained about it but nothing has been done. The dog is still out on the street and it makes it difficult knowing that nothing is going to be done. The dog ranger over here just isn't doing his job right."

Ms Perkins said she phoned the dog control officer to make a complaint and was told to provide a written report, which she did. She has heard nothing back.

"I'm a little bit nervous now ... it shouldn't have to be like that."

Maureen Tilsley of Animal Rescue in Paeroa has tried unsuccessfully to get help for Ms Perkins.

"This [council] guy said `no, we have to wait for it to be out roaming'. So does that mean he's waiting for a child to be hurt? This dog shouldn't be roaming around like this, [council] should have picked it up by now."

Matamata-Piako District Council spokeswoman Jenni Cochrane said the council received a formal complaint on Thursday last week about the dog attack. The animal control officer visited the property on Friday, but the owners and the dog were not home. He then contacted Housing New Zealand to find who lived in the house, so a formal notice could be issued.

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